I bring a styling kit with me to every wedding of just a few things I find useful for flat lays. I love bringing a styling kit because it helps me elevate the look I’m trying to achieve while I’m styling accessories, heirlooms, and invitation suites. While I always ask my couples to bring some of these things to style with I like to bring my own just in case. Today I wanted to share everything in my kit that I bring and where to get them yourself if you’re interested in expanding your own styling kit!
1. Olive & Oak Mats
I love these mats and how easy they are to roll up and put away in the tube they come in. Not only are they double-sided but the quality is amazing and I totally recommend this company if you’re interested in purchasing styling mats. Using these mats, I’ve been able to achieve a cohesive look in my gallery while also matching the colors of the weddings I’m working at! You can purchase these mats through their Etsy store or directly from their website at https://oliveandoakmat.com/
Now this styling accessory may not be for everyone but ribbon in my flat lays has become a signature part of my look when it comes to flat lays. I love the leading lines and softness it creates in an image while bringing in yet another color of my couple's wedding style. Ribbon is such an easy way to elevate the look of my flat lays and if you haven’t tried it yet I totally recommend adding it to your own kit as well! You can purchase ribbons from Etsy and Amazon! There are quite a few options out there including velvet, chiffon (pictured), and suede (also pictured)! I bought a lot of my ribbon from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lings-moment-Handmade-Chiffon-Silk-Like/dp/B07HVQM3C6/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=chiffon+ribbon&qid=1588806674&sr=8-4
3. Velvet Ring Boxes
I have quite a few velvet ring boxes in multiple shades but the picture I provided is mostly my pastel collection. Most of my weddings opt for shades of neutrals and pastels so I tend to use these colors the most. I find ring boxes are usually dark and “heavy” looking in a photograph and while that can look cool, my style is usually a little more bright and soft. Now, ring boxes can be pretty expensive so make sure you’re ready to spend some cash if you’re wanting premium boxes like the Mrs. Box offers (my fav!) Quite a bit of my collection has actually come from Amazon actually and they are of pretty great quality right around $15 which is not bad! I always recommend my brides purchase a ring box from Mrs. Box because they are an heirloom that can be passed down with their ring and they offer more shades than you can usually find elsewhere. This way they can really get the correct color that matches their wedding tones. You can find Amazon ring boxes here: https://www.amazon.com/DesignSter-terciopelo-desmontable-propuestas-compromisos/dp/B07VXDCMQ6/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=6Y7N73EA9NFX&dchild=1&keywords=velvet+ring+box&qid=1588807183&sprefix=velvet+ring+%2Caps%2C184&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyMFlJTVFMMkM1TUJOJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzgyNDIyMUpaUUo1SE9NQk1CTiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMDkyNjU1R0dGMUk3WFo2ME5aJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
You can purchase Mrs. Box’s here: https://themrsbox.com/
4. Wax Seals
Now some couples have wax seals already at their wedding but if they don’t, adding a wax seal to their wedding suite is just a simple way to elevate the look of the already beautiful invite. I love how classic they look and they are having such a comeback lately that I am obsessed with! I actually made my own at home one night and I have to say, making wax seals is super fun! Purchase some wax beads and go to town making a variety of colors for your upcoming weddings! You can purchase wax beads here: https://www.amazon.com/AQUEENLY-Octagon-Sealing-Candles-Melting/dp/B07QLM3C9P/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wax+beads+for+seals&qid=1588807963&sr=8-1
5. Old Lens Caps
I have some older/extra lens caps I’ve acquired over the years and they are absolutely perfect to include in your styling kit. I actually use these to give some height to my invitation suites when I’m styling them! I love having various heights to the items I’m styling to give them some dimension within the photo so everything doesn't look so flat. There are more expensive options out there like acrylic risers that are a beautiful option but lens caps in various heights work just as well in my opinion!
6. Other Odds & Ends
Other pieces in my styling kit I include are little trinket dishes, wax seal accessories, vintage stamps, frog pins to hold flowers upright, and trays. I try to do a bit of research and gather some info from my couple's questionnaire before I bring the whole collection haha. I usually ask what their style is so that way I know which pieces might fit and which ones might not. You can find a lot of these items on Etsy, especially the trinket dishes and vintage stamps. Here’s a popular tray amongst photographers for flat lays: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Co-op-DA2978-Decorative-Distressed/dp/B00IGXEUMM/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=vintage+silver+tray&qid=1588808669&sr=8-2
7. Other Items Not Pictured
There are a couple of things I recommend you include in your styling kit that I didn’t happen to take pictures of. For example, all of these images were taken on a white canvas board I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I actually bring a few of these to weddings so I can have a flat neutral surface to style on or put my styling mats on so they don’t get dirty. I also use white canvas boards as a backboard to bounce clean light back on to the flat lay. Other things I include are scissors, double-sided removable tape to hold things in place, a wooden hanger to hold the dress in case the bride forgets to bring one, and command hooks to hold the dress if there isn’t a good place to hang it at the venue. Also, I always ask the florist for spare flowers or greenery so I can include those pretty details as well!
I hope this helps you build your styling kit and expand your own flat lay style on wedding days!